How to prevent the creation of .DS_Store files on network drives

When working on network drives with Mac OS X every Mac user will by default create .DS_Store files. Those files are used by OS X to store custom attributes like icon positions. For more info on .DS_Store files read this article.

To prevent those files from being created:

  • Open up the Terminal
  • Run the following command
    defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  • Restart your Mac or log out and back in.

Those .DS_Store files will now only be created on local volumes any you no longer have Windows users yelling at you about them. ;)